... Almost one third of British secondary school children believe Google ranks search results in order of their truthfulness, according to new research by Ofcom.
The statistic - great news for Wikipedians, terrifying for the rest of us - was reported in the communications regulator's annual report on children's "media literacy", out today.
Only a slightly larger proportion - 37 per cent - believe results are ranked on their usefulness or relevance. The next generation of cynics - 14 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds - said websites pay money for the top spots.
some of us ( especially those of us involved in education to any degree in the UK ..since the late sixties ..dumbing down ..let no child suffer the "stigma" of failure of an exam or an assessment ..however dumb they may actually be ..and however much real life constantly compares each individual against all others ..wether that is fair or not fair is moot ..it is just how life is ..and always will be ) saw it coming ..and that there was nothing that could be done to stop it "child centred learning" by the politically motivated ..( of all sides ) to garner the votes of the lowest common denominator ( and their families ) in order to foster unquestioning consumerism and acquiessence to control by their "masters" ..it's now "chavland" populated ..in the main ..by "estuary english" ..with a very few exceptions..sad :(